Bearcats Breakfast 2.4.13

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Nobody came here in search of Super Bowl analysis, so I won't bore you with any. I will say that may have been one of the most entertaining, memorable Super Bowls of a recent run of entertaining and memorable Super Bowls. Only a more dramatic finish would have placed it at the top.

Oh, and CBS didn't exactly enjoy their finest hour amid the chaos. Many will remember this game as Ray Lewis' grand moment or Joe Flacco's official arrival. I'll remember it as the night Steve Tasker led millions through the darkness.

Great weekend for UC, of course. Bearcats beat Seton Hall, 65-59, after building a 20-point lead early in the second half. Also, received good news for the future off the court as well, which I am not allowed to delve into here.

I'll only say this generally about recruiting. It's an inexact science, to be sure, but Mick Cronin likes to talk about recruiting as being like the cafeteria in high school, you are constantly trying to set closer and closer to the cool kids table. Where he started seven years ago was outside of the building. He's gradually moved closer and closer with every year. He took one step closer to the popular table this weekend.

Let's eat ...

--- Big weekend for Cronin all around as the victory against Seton Hall was his 200th as a head coach. He went 69-24 in three years at Murray State and is now 131-92 in seven years at UC. To average 20 wins per year in your first 10 as a head coach doesn't come easy, to be sure.

To earn 200 wins as a head coach by the age of 41 stands even more difficult. Take into consideration he did so at a program left with no scholarships and requiring a complete rebuild and it sounds near impossible.

Researching the list of notable coaches and their career progression places Cronin in the same arc. Such is not to say the arc will conclude in the same fashion as this list of the game's great coaches. That would be more than unfair to Mick, only pointing out the reference point of how well he's done at this point in his career.

  • Coach (age earned 200th win): First 10 years in total
  • Mick Cronin (41): 200-116
  • Mike Krzyzewski (39): 158-124
  • Jim Boeheim (41): 230-77
  • Bob Knight: (35): 195-70
  • Jim Calhoun (42):160-103
  • Bob Huggins (38): 206-98
  • Roy Williams (45): 282-62
  • Rick Pitino (39): 230-105

Those are how some of the greats have done, but many of those endured slower starts as well. Here's a list of the fastest coaches to 200 wins as of the start of this season (according to NCAA Division I records book): I'll only list the coaches who have accomplished the feat since 1980:

  • Coach: record at 200 wins
  • Mark Few: 200-47
  • Roy Williams: 200-52
  • Denny Crum: 200-54
  • Thad Matta: 200-61
  • Jim Boeheim: 200-66
Many times fans can lose perspective as to how difficult it can be to win in college basketball. Plenty of you reading this blog likely at one point or another did give Cronin a chance to make it to the 200-win milestone. Yet, here he is, not only winning 200 games but off to UC's best start in conference since joining the Big East (6-3), a half game out of a tie for first place.

Indeed, life is good today for Mick and Bearcats basketball.

Of course, don't expect Mick to be doing somersaults in the hallways of the Lindner Center over 200. As he told the AP:

"All I care about is 18 (wins)," he said. "We have 18 and nine to play."

--- Schedule this week is UC playing at Providence on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. then back hosting Pittsburgh Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Pittsburgh with a big home win against suddenly reeling Syracuse and the Panthers look like one of the elite teams in this conference. The Panthers have won five of six with the only loss a narrow three-point defeat at Louisville last Monday.

Now NINE teams are within one game of first place in the conference. Nine.

The Panthers host Seton Hall this week then should come to UC with another win and setting up the best game of the weekend slate in conference.

--- Of note: according to Bill Koch, Cronin said Jeremiah Davis III will redshirt this year. Mick said that would be the case, "barring a disaster." Essentially meaning if two or more players go hurt, the situation might change. This has been the suspected path most of the season. Tough to endure this type of year for JD3, but probably will be best for him in the long run.

Brief randomness ...

--- Keeping it quick today, we will have a media availability with players and coach this afternoon so expect more coming out of that. As always you can send me emails with any questions, comments or whatever at or hit me up on Twitter for updates on all that's going on @pauldehnerjr.

--- Community is almost back. Here's a new promo.

--- A buddy of mine told
me he thought Mystikal was the best rapper ever this weekend. The end.

--- There was Beyonce
and the Destiny's Child reunion at halftime. Can't believe they didn't sing Bills, Bills, Bills.

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